Mar 21, 2014, 10:49 AM EST
JUPITER, Fla. — Check out today’s starting lineup. You may not recognize a couple of the names. So, allow me to introduce you to Jose Lozada, a 28-year-old third baseman who hit .204 last season at Class AA Harrisburg. And allow me to introduce you to Caleb Ramsey, a 25-year-old outfielder who hit .290 last season at Class A Potomac. Good luck, guys. You get to face Adam Wainwright today.
Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, looking to continue the dominant run by this rotation’s top three starters. He’s slated to go five innings today, and he’ll be facing most of the Cardinals big boys.
We’ll also get a look at two of the surprise candidates for the final spot in the Nationals’ bullpen, Aaron Barrett and Blake Treinin, who are each scheduled to pitch in relief.
Updates to come, so please check back…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MLB.tv (Cardinals’ feed)
Radio: MLB.com (Cardinals’ feed)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 14 mph in from RF
CF Jeff Kobernus
SS Danny Espinosa
LF Scott Hairston
1B Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
2B Jamey Carroll
3B Jose Lozada
RF Caleb Ramsey
LHP Gio Gonzalez
CF Shane Robinson
C Yadier Molina
LF Matt Holliday
RF Allen Craig
1B Matt Adams
2B Kolten Wong
3B Pete Kozma
SS Aledmys Diaz
RHP Adam Wainwright
1:06 p.m. — And we’re underway as Jeff Kobernus digs in against Adam Wainwright. Full house here at Roger Dean Stadium today. Lots of red in the stands, obviously.
1:11 p.m. — And down go the Nats in order. Wainwright struck out both Kobernus and Scott Hairston looking (Hairston did not like Mike Estabrook’s strike three call) and got Danny Espinosa to tap a grounder to first base. Here comes Gio Gonzalez for the bottom of the first.
1:22 p.m. — Quite an active inning in center field for Jeff Kobernus, who hasn’t spent very much time out there during his career. He dropped a routine flyball to open the bottom of the first, a ghastly 2-base error. But he then redeemed himself by tracking down Matt Holliday’s drive to the wall in left-center. The error, though, proved costly, because Robinson (after stealing second) scored on Yadier Molina’s groundball. So that’s an unearned run against Gio Gonzalez and the Nats, who trail 1-0 after one.
1:40 p.m. — A scoreless second for Gonzalez, though he did issue a two-out walk to (who else?) Pete Kozma and then a single to Cuban newcomer Aledmys Diaz. The Nats still haven’t put anyone on base against Wainwright.
1:57 p.m. — Make it 2-0 Cards as Holliday ropes a double off the wall in left in the bottom of the third. That moved Molina (who previously walked) to third, allowing him to score on Allen Craig’s sac fly to center. Kobernus had a chance to throw out Molina at the plate, but his offering came up short. Onto the fourth.
2:21 p.m. — Through five innings, the Nats have two hits off Wainwright: singles by Caleb Ramsey and Scott Hairston. Speaking of Ramsey, he showed off his arm in the bottom of the fourth when he gunned down Wong trying to advance from second to third base. Impressive. Still 2-0 Cards.
2:30 p.m. — Hmm … Matt Williams, unlike Davey Johnson, didn’t let Gio Gonzalez complete the fifth inning against the Cardinals. (Sorry, still too soon?) With Gio’s pitch count over his planned 80 for the day, Williams decided to make a pitching change with two outs in the fifth. So in comes Craig Stammen. And more importantly, your new right fielder is none other than … Will Piwnica-Worms!
2:50 p.m. — Seven scoreless innings today for Adam Wainwright, who needed only 74 pitches to do it. Contrast that with Gio Gonzalez’s 82 pitches over 4 2/3 innings. Still 2-0 St. Louis at the stretch.
3:15 p.m. — That’ll do it. Nats lose 2-0.
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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